Barack and Michelle Obama just sent a beautiful handwritten letter to the student survivors-turned-activists in Parkland, Florida. “You’ve helped awaken the conscience of the nation.”
On Wednesday, Mic published a great letter written by former President Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. The letter was written on March 10th and was sent to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who have turned into student activists for gun control following the mass shooting at their school last month.
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the letter @BarackObama and @MichelleObama wrote to the #ParklandShooting survivors. In it, the former president and first lady tell the teens that they’ve “inspired” them, and commend them on “awakening the conscience of our nation.” https://t.co/FOQYVguNFw pic.twitter.com/xEPHE6iUL2
— Mic (@mic) March 21, 2018
The letter reads,
10 March 2018
To the students of Parkland —
We wanted to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.
Not only have you supported and comforted each other, but you’ve helped awaken the conscience of the nation, and challenged decision-makers to make the safety of our children the country’s top priority.
Throughout our history, young people like you have led the way in making America better. There may be setbacks; you may sometimes feel like progress is too slow in coming. But we have no doubt you are going to make an enormous difference in the days and years to come, and we will be there for you.
Barack Obama Michelle Obama
The Obamas also reached out to the Parkland students right after the tragedy. President Obama tweeted the day after the shooting, “We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless.”
We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we're doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 15, 2018
Since the shooting, the students of Stoneman Douglas have been working hard organizing a massive protest for gun control planned for Saturday in D.C. They are expecting more than 500,000 people to participate in the March for Our Lives.